Attorney Melvin Davis Joins Forrest Firm
March 6, 2019
The Forrest Firm, a North Carolina-based business law firm and certified B Corporation, announces the addition of attorney Melvin Davis to the firm’s Durham office.
The Forrest Firm is a provider of legal services to businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and individuals. Core practice areas include corporate transactions, financings and capital raises, commercial real estate, intellectual property, employment law, banking and financial services, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning and administration, and litigation.
In his practice at the firm, Melvin Davis advises executives and entrepreneurs at every stage of the business life cycle, maintaining a corporate law practice that addresses matters and situations as diverse as entity formation, venture and angel investments, and commercial contracts, with special emphasis in the area of strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, alliances, and joint ventures. With deep experience as an entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Melvin relates first-hand to the speed and complexity of the challenges and opportunities faced by Forrest Firm clients, and he is a trusted lead attorney for the most complex transactions.
Melvin began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2000, he launched his corporate practice, focused on mergers and acquisitions, at the Los Angeles firm of Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP followed by a stint as Deputy City Attorney in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney.
In 2005, Melvin began working in global asset management for a pair of Chapel Hill firms, Parish Capital Advisors and Onset Capital Partners. In 2009, he co-developed the Los Angeles-based investment vehicle, FreeMind Entertainment, for financing, producing, and distributing feature films and other media content.
Since that time, Melvin has served as Managing Director and General Counsel for Trade Street Advisors, which provides financial advisory and analytical services to asset managers, issuers of debt and equity, as well as financial institutions; and Legal Counsel for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer, where he supported the Investment Management Division on investments and transactional matters related to public equity, hedge funds, real assets, real estate, private equity, venture capital, fixed income, and multi-strategy approaches.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Melvin Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. Melvin is licensed to practice law in the states of North Carolina and California, as well as the District of Columbia.
“We are thrilled to welcome Melvin Davis to the Forrest Firm,” said David Morris, Managing Attorney of the firm’s Durham office. “Melvin is known for his multi-dimensional strengths as an attorney, entrepreneur, and investor. He possesses a brilliant legal mind and has few peers when it comes to advising clients on strategic transactions. I know our attorneys and clients will enjoy working with an attorney who is both intelligent and relatable on many levels.”
About the Forrest Firm, P.C.
The Forrest Firm is a full-service corporate law firm and certified B Corporation with seven North Carolina offices. The firm provides legal services in a manner that consistently exceeds client expectations, creates healthy, sustainable work environments for its professionals, and positively impacts communities across North Carolina.